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The final piece of Zynga’s Z Cloud revealed

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Zynga has been releasing details about its innovative hybrid cloud deployment –called Z Cloud — over the past year, and it has finally revealed the final piece of the puzzle. Namely, that the private cloud component of its infrastructure was built using’s CloudStack software. Anyone interested in replicating Zynga’s cloud success now has the three major building blocks, at least, laid out before them.

Zynga cloud strategy, as detailed here last June, entails staging and launching new games on Amazon EC2 (s amzn) and subsequently moving them onto a private cloud once demand reaches a relatively static level. It mentioned RightScale at the time, but it wasn’t until recently that we learned how, exactly, RightScale fits into the picture. Essentially, RightScale provides the management interface for both Zynga’spublic EC2 resources and private resources, allowing Zynga to easily migrate games from Amazon to using the same configuration templates. It’s as easy (relatively speaking, of course) as launching the same exact¬†application architecture¬†in the private cloud without having to rebuild it from scratch.

It wasn’t until this week, however, that either Zynga or had publicly acknowledged their relationship — and they only did it via a logo on the customer window of’s home page. This is two big simultaneous customer “announcements” for, which I reported yesterday also is the foundation of GoDaddy’s forthcoming cloud computing offering.

3 Responses to “The final piece of Zynga’s Z Cloud revealed”

  1. This story is about the ability for Rightscale to work with Amazon, which is where Zynga really runs their gaming business. This story has been a flagship for Rightscale for some time, and told at many tradeshows. The irony is how Rightscale had to be the management interface for, considering states they are a cloud management company, maybe without an interface?? Seems like a gap to me? Get the real story on cloud management players here:

  2. Can’t say I was impressed with my recent first trial of a online game by Zynga (Words for Android). The syncing is absolutely pathetic compared to other cloud services (By Google, Dropbox, etc.), and the game suffers from many other significant flaws.
    Obviously a single game doesn’t necessarily mean much, but still my own experience with Zynga’s cloud, whatever it’s based on, has been underwhelming, to put it gently.

  3. Yourname

    Will you guys ever wake up about Zynga being a giant, slow moving scam?
    We’ve seen Groupon raise millions only to sink them all into debt and operational costs.

    At least don’t act surprised when post IPO, after the suckers have been cleaned out, Zynga, like Groupon comes up being a Ponzi scheme.